Research boost for East Malling

The crucial role of UK horticultural research in ensuring food security has been given a further national vote of confidence by scientists.

The Biotechnology & Bioscience Scientific Research Council (BBSRC) has granted "responsive mode" status to Kent-based East Malling Research (EMR).This means that it can bid for research funding as an "independent research organisation" on any BBSRC topics alongside researchers from other higher-education or research council institutes.

Will Sibley, chairman of East Malling Trust, said: "We are confident EMR will now play a greater role in delivering the nation's scientific priorities and supporting the industry's commercial success."

- EMR is due to receive hundreds of thousands of pounds of Defra funding next year, not £100,000 as stated in the Will Sibley profile (HW, 22 October).

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